(Video) Women burn burqas and men shave beards to celebrate liberation from ISIS in Syria

Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:17:36

Syrian civilians celebrated their escape from an ISIS stronghold in Raqqa by burning burqas, which they were forced to wear under the group’s oppressive rule.

(independent) -- A group of women pulled off the black robes over their dresses and set them alight after their families were liberated from the city in the north of Syria .

They cursed the strict dress code imposed by ISIS, who order women to cover their faces and wear loose-fitting gowns over their bodies.

Emotional survivors were filmed stamping on the garments after they were helped to freedom by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance dominated by Kurdish fighters.

One woman cried: “Give me a lighter, I’m going to burn this. May these clothes they forced us to wear be damned!”

Another civilian pointed to a woman’s black robes and said: “Burn these, may Allah burn them. They burned my father, they burned my father.”

She added: “I wish he was with us now in this happy time.”

Small children gathered around a woman who said: “They killed my father. They killed my husband. They fired a mortar at my house. My husband was outside, he was hit and died.”

A man told a barber to shave off the long beard he was forced to grow under ISIS rule, saying: “Cut it all off just to spite them.”

The families were civilians from Raqqa who were liberated by the SDF and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Rojava-Northern Syria Federation, who released the video.

The SDF launched a final assault to drive Isis out of its stronghold of the city last month, and have spearheaded efforts against the group in north-east Syria.